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Jan Joseph Matlega

Obituary for Jan Joseph Matlega

January 2, 1930 - January 18, 2018
New Britain, Connecticut | Age 88

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Jan (John)Matlega, 88, died peacefully January 18, 2018 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut surrounded by loved family members. Jan was born January 2, 1930, the son of Martin and Katherine (Bycoski) Matlega and was a lifelong resident of New Britain. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 57 years, Sophie (Lukaszewski) Matlega. Jan attended local schools and graduated from E.C. Goodwin Technical Institute with an electrical degree, and was also a graduate of the Northwest School of Taxidermy, U.S. Coast Guard Institute for Firemen Course, and the U.S .Navy Motion Picture Projectionist School. A lifelong member of Holy Cross Church, at age eight, he became an altar boy and served until he joined the Service. While in the Service, he continued to help serve Mass on many Pacific Islands and Military Bases. Returning home from the Service, he became a member of the Holy Cross Holy Name Society and was an usher and collector at Holy Cross Church for over 55 years. Jan also worked at parish Bazaars and was a member of the old pierogi makers. He listened faithfully to the Daily Mass on television. Jan loved to polka and waltz and he and Sophie would always be on the dance floor. Jan and Sophie travelled the United States, Canada and Mexico and one of their favorite memories was their trip to Nashville. He loved listening to Country Music singing along with the lyrics. Jan always had a story from his past or a funny joke to tell. Jan served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Coast Guard doing Port Security in New York Harbors. At the start of the war, he was assigned to the Destroyer Escort, U.S.S. Durant WDE 489 as a Plank Owner. Later he was assigned to the U.S.S. Buttonwood W-306. Jan is survived by his nephew, Martin Matlega and his wife Wanda of Bristol, his nieces, Karen Olsen and her husband Christopher of Southington, Katherine Poremba of Southampton, NY, Patricia Washburn and her husband Richard of East Hartford, Bernadette Majkowski of Old Saybrook, and Susan Schoemmell of Virginia. Also to mourn his loss is a dear sister-in-law, Marion Kovaleski of Pequabock and dear friend Alvija Kelminskas and family of New Britain. Jan also leaves several great nieces and nephews. Jan was predeceased by his brothers Stanley, Frank, Michael and Joseph and his sisters Mary Williams and Helen Niemczyk, nieces Joan Zack and Christine Matlega and nephew, Peter Matlega. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 23, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Burritt Hill Funeral Home, 332 Burritt Street, New Britain followed by a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Cross Church. He will be laid to rest beside his wife in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Jan's name to the Office of Radio & TV, 15 Peach Orchard Road, Prospect, CT 06172 or to Holy Cross Church, 31 Biruta Street, New Britain, CT 06053.

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